In Maximum Joy, David R. Anderson offers a warm, thoughtful, and thorough exposition of John’s first epistle. Working section by section, Anderson unfolds the riches of this New Testament book, guiding readers to see how 1 John is really “a book about intimacy and love between the believer and God and between believer and believer.” Offering a pastoral treatment of 1 John, Anderson notes that this work did not “germinate in the classroom, but in the church . . . . [it is a book] for any who need rest for their souls. It is for those who labor and are heavy laden. It is for those who are burdened by guilt. This book is for believers in Jesus Christ, who, after releasing their burden of guilt at Calvary’s cross, continue to struggle with sin and guilt.” Anderson centers his study around distinguishing and developing our ideas of two central concepts: relationship and fellowship—with God and with each other. As Anderson explains, the apostle John wrote one book about how to have an eternal relationship with God—the Gospel of John (John 20:31). And he wrote another book about how to enjoy that relationship, or how to have fellowship with God—1 John (1 John 1:3-4). In Maximum Joy, Anderson demonstrates how 1 John is not about whether one has an eternal relationship with God, but more about how to enjoy that relationship by having fellowship with God, and enjoying that fellowship, which leads to “maximum joy”. Ideal for personal or group study, this text is accessible, insightful, and packed with truths to challenge and encourage you.
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- Offers an exposition of 1 John
- Provides material ideal for group or personal study
- Examines the concepts of relationship and fellowship
- Title: Maximum Joy: 1 John—Relationship or Fellowship?
- Author: David R. Anderson
- Publisher: Grace Theology Press
- Publication Date: 2013
- Pages: 272
About David R. Anderson
David Anderson has pastored in the Houston area for 30 years, helping to plant eight churches. Anderson served as the senior pastor at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands, Texas, for 18 years. During that time he also served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, teaching in three different departments: Greek New Testament, Bible Exposition, and Theology. He has been an adjunct professor for Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary and taught graduate courses in several other foreign countries. Anderson was the founder and president of the Greater Houston Bible Church Association—a cooperative effort of churches in the association to reach greater Houston with the gospel. Anderson is also one of the founders of the Free Grace Alliance, and founder and president of Grace School of Theology—a Houston-based seminary with teaching locations throughout the state of Texas and online. In addition to his presidential responsibilities, Anderson teaches at Grace in the areas of theology and biblical languages. He is also the author of Free Grace Soteriology.